Posts by Tom Stephenson

30 years at the School of Arts and Media

4 February 2016


Nigel Howe, the Associate Dean Strategy and Operations in the School of Arts & Media, began working at the University 30 years ago today.

And of behalf of everyone in the School we would like to wish you Happy Anniversary for 30 years of working at Salford!

Festive Fun 2015 – The School of Arts and Media

7 December 2015

Christmas decorations

Tuesday 8th December, 12-3pm at MediaCityUK Foyer
Wednesday 9th December, 12-3pm at Adelphi Canteen

Photo Booth Competition
The best photos will win prizes
1st – £50 Amazon vouchers
2nd – Hamper from Unicorn Grocery in Chorlton
3rd – Salfood meal for two in the Bryans suite
4th – School of Arts and Media hoodie

Festive music and a free glass of mulled wine or orange juice, be early to avoid disappointment!

We have a charity bake sale, plus a couple of festive movies
‘Elf’ and ‘Home Alone’ to be shown in the DPL at the MediaCityUK event

Gift Stalls
The Adelphi event will be welcoming local craft and gift stalls as well as
Student Life, Student Union, Royal Exchange Theatre, HOME, Contact
Theatre and local sellers

Festive Jumper Fundraising
Donate to Save the Children, Macmillian Cancer Support and Make
a Wish Foundation @ITVTextSanta
…or wear odd shoes for the ‘Shoecember Challenge’ (#shoecember)!

A free book giveaway is also on offer…

See you there!

In the Spotlight: Mihir Bose and Sarfraz Mansoor

7 October 2015


Two University of Salford students quizzed leading media figures as official reporters at the launch of the Asian Media Awards at ITV Studios in London.

MA Journalism postgraduates Tom Percival, 25, and Gorana Jelovina, 22, interviewed VIP guests including award-winning former BBC Sport Editor Mihir Bose and celebrated broadcaster, writer, journalist and documentary maker Sarfraz Mansoor.

Both men called for greater diversity in the media, urging media organisations to employ people from a wider range of backgrounds.

Mr Bose said that although progress had been made, there were still too few Asian journalists.

He added: “I don’t think the main stream media is diverse enough. It is getting diverse but it’s a difficult thing. I don’t think the diversity of the media reflects the diversity of the community.”

Mr Manzoor, a graduate from the University of Salford’s MA Documentary programme, argued that the media has been distracted by arguments over skin colour and needed to focus on opportunities for people of all classes and geographical areas of the UK.

Gorana and Tom have been appointed as official reporters for the awards, which are sponsored by the University of Salford.

Other speakers at the launch event last Monday included Professor Allan Walker, Dean of the School of Arts and Media at the University.

The Asian Media Awards cover all forms of media including print, TV, radio and online.

Awards include Publication of the Year, Radio Station of the Year, Asian TV Channel of the year, Best Blog and Outstanding Young Journalist.

Nominees announced for Journalist of the Year include Kavita Puri, Deputy Editor for BBC TV Current Affairs, Secunder Kermani, BBC Newsnight reporter, Dipesh Gadher, Chief Investigative Reporter for The Sunday Times, Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, Channel 4 journalist Nelufar Hedayat and Shabnam Mahmood, Senior Broadcast Journalist at the BBC Asian Network.

The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony at the Manchester Hilton on Thursday October 29th.

Asian Media Awards 2015

28 September 2015


University of Salford students are to rub shoulders with some of the biggest stars in media – as official reporters for the Asian Media Awards.

MA Journalism postgraduates Gorana Jelovina and Tom Percival will lead a team of students who will capture the build-up to the awards and the prestigious red carpet ceremony on October 29.

The event, sponsored by the University, is designed to celebrate the talent, drive and innovation of professionals – including journalists, bloggers, presenters, producers and actors – who excel in the Asian and mainstream media.

Previous award winners include Channel 4 news anchorman Krishnan Guru-Murthy and EastEnders star Nina Wadia.

Tom and Gorana, who have just completed major broadcast projects as part of their MA at Salford, will cover a launch event at ITV Studios in London on Monday September 28.

They will then take centre stage with a team of fellow students at the black tie ceremony itself at the Manchester Hilton on Thursday October 29.

Tom, 25, from Salford, said: “It’s an immense honour to be covering such a prestigious event, and I’m extremely excited to be involved. It’ll be rewarding to meet some of the people who inspired me to become a journalist.”

Gorana, 22, from Dublin, added: “It’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to cover these awards. I’m really looking forward to putting the practical skills I have learned through my studies to good use.”

Inzy Rashid, one of Salford’s very own BA Journalism students, has been nominated this year as part of an award after hosting a breakfast show on Asian Sound Radio.

Nominees will be announced at the launch where VIP guests will be welcomed by Asif Zubairy, Commissioning Editor for ITV Entertainment.

Keynote speakers will include Roohi Hasan, senior producer at ITV News and winner of ‘Media Professional of the Year’ in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, and Professor Allan Walker, Dean of the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford.

Paul Broster, Director of Journalism at the University of Salford, said: “The University is proud to be the major sponsor of the Asian Media Awards and we are also proud of the excellence of students like Tom, Gorana and the team trusted to cover such a major event.”

Salford students to showcase their work at Manchester International Film Festival

8 June 2015

Two University of Salford students have been accepted to exhibit their films at the upcoming Manchester International Film Festival (ManIFF), held in July. Lucy Cassidy and Daniel Watts were among 25 BA Television and Radio (BATAR) students to send their work to festival, with the hope of showing their film at a festival screening at the AMC Manchester. Read more…..